India and Pakistan: the ebb and flow of peace-making

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The writer, who has lived in India, noted the feelings of friendship between the ordinary people of both countries and the common appreciation of cricket, music and films.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an August letter to his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan, said that India was committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan.


In September, Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan continued the proposals for peace talks between India and Pakistan in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he asked for the two neighbouring countries to resume dialogue and iron out differences. The Times of India reported that he also suggested a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi – on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York – to discuss bringing a positive change and peace.

This was agreed but called off the next day by the Indian government because three policemen were abducted from their homes in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and shot dead by the Hizbul Mujahideen, ‘Pakistan-based entities’.

On October 20th, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan extended condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in a train accident near Amritsar, India and was praised by social media users from both Pakistan and India. On his official twitter account, @ImranKhanPTI, Khan posted:

Tweep @jaideepwadali, who hails from Amritsar, responded to Khan’s tweet and wrote: “We are with the people affected, being from same city. Thanks for your words Imran sir.” @KKX056, a Pakistani tweep based in Italy, posted: “We all are with Indians.” Tweep @Politico_Jay, based in Gujarat, India, wrote: “It was a horrifying incident. Thanks for your sympathy and kindness Mr Prime Minister.” @SidraRajpoot786, a tweep based in Pakistan, added: “This shows that humanity comes first.”

Within four hours, his tweet had more than 600 comments, 3,200 retweets and 14,500 likes. Khan’s tweet also brought many social media users from both sides of the border closer over this tragedy.

 

 

 

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